Outlaws & DIRTcar reveal ‘Return to Racing Initiative’
June 12, 2020
April 24, 2020 | by Speed Sport staff
CONCORD, NC — The World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing have announced the launch of the Return to Racing Initiative.
As part of the Return to Racing Initiative, a resource center has been launched. The resource center is designed as an open-source portal for all DIRTcar-sanctioned race tracks to use in support of their individual efforts to return to racing.
The guidelines and procedures have been developed with the support of motorsports experts Agajanian & Anthony, P.C., Jeff Ladd at Sports Insurance Specialists, LLC, and Dr. Jack Faircloth, MD.
Dr. Faircloth is a coordinating panelist for the North Mecklenburg (N.C.) COVID-19 Response Team and has been a strong advocate of the Clean-Cover-Confine strategy included in the World of Outlaws/DIRTcar Racing plan. The documents in the resource center will be updated weekly with the latest information and research available as the response to COVID-19 remains very dynamic.
The World of Outlaws does not yet have any specific event or timeline targeted for its return to racing, and DIRTcar Racing has not santioned an event since early March.
“We want to get back to the track soon, but in the safest and most responsible manner possible,” World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing officials said as part of the announcement. “In order to do so, this may include tracks being limited to practice days, participant-only events, and/or limited crowd events for a period of time in some states, while others may simply not allow motorsport events of any kind for a longer period of time.”
Included in the resource center is a 10-step guide for a return to racing that is relevant regardless of where a track is located and what level of restrictions may be present in that area. Also included is an editable executive summary document for tracks to use as if it were their own to reflect the conditions in their area.
“We suggest that tracks use these two documents as a tool to reach out tot their local, city and/or county officials first, as we believe this is a situation where it is in fact better to ask for permission than beg for forgiveness,” World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing officials said.